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Three Year Anniversary in Ocean Beach

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Three Year Anniversary

Ocean Beach, San Diego, is gearing up for a jubilant affair as California Wild Ales, nestled at the corner of Newport and Cable, prepares to celebrate our third anniversary. Reflecting on three years of crafting exceptional brews and nurturing a vibrant community, the brewery invites our fans to join in the festivities on May 18th.

Since our inception, California Wild Ales has been more than just a brewery; it’s a gathering place, a hub of camaraderie, and has become cornerstone of the Ocean Beach community. As the anniversary approaches, the we looks back on our journey with gratitude and forward with excitement.

The celebration promises a day filled with live music, local culinary delights, special beer releases, and, above all, the warm sense of togetherness that defines the Ocean Beach tasting room. Kicking off the musical extravaganza are the talented performers of the Tecolote Canyon Band (2pm), followed by the infectious energy of Animal Control (5pm), ensuring a lively ambiance throughout the day.

Adding flavor to the festivities, we teamed up with neighboring eatery Dirty Birds Wings to offer a delectable array of wings to accompany their renowned brews. From classic flavors to innovative combinations, there’s something to tantalize every taste bud.

Highlighting the occasion is the unveiling of ours Double Hazy IPA Anniversary Beer, a specially crafted release to commemorate three years of brewing excellence and community spirit.

Giving Back Feels Good

In the spirit of giving back, this year’s anniversary event serves as a fundraiser for mental health awareness and support. Partnering with Campus Awareness Coast 2 Coast, California Wild Ales aims to raise funds to address mental health issues in schools and communities. A portion of the proceeds from the celebration will directly benefit Point Loma High School Mental Health Awareness initiatives, emphasizing the brewery’s commitment to making a positive impact beyond beer.

As the brewery looks ahead to the future, it remains deeply rooted in its ethos of community engagement and social responsibility. Beyond the music, food, and libations, the true essence of this celebration lies in the bonds forged and the connections nurtured within the walls of California Wild Ales.

As Ocean Beach prepares to raise a glass to three years of craft beer and neighborhood cheer, California Wild Ales invites all to join in the revelry. From longtime regulars to first-time visitors, each individual contributes to the vibrant tapestry of community spirit that defines the brewery’s legacy. With drink specials, exciting giveaways, and a shared sense of celebration, the stage is set for an unforgettable anniversary bash.

Watch the NBA playoffs at California Wild Ales

Watch NBA Playoffs on our 20-Foot Screen

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Watch Your Favorite Teams Here

Experience the Ultimate Playoff Basketball Viewing at California Wild Ales’ New Location!

Are you ready to take your playoff basketball experience to the next level? California Wild Ales is excited to announce playoffs at of our new location, and it’s packed with everything you need for the ultimate game-watching experience! Located in the Midway / Point Loma area, our new venue boasts a jaw-dropping 20-foot screen dedicated to showcasing all the excitement of playoff basketball. Whether you’re cheering for your favorite team or just enjoying the electrifying atmosphere, you won’t miss a single moment of the action. But that’s not all – we’ve got plenty more to offer to make your visit unforgettable. With 20 beers on tap, including a rotating selection of our signature wild ales, you will surely find the perfect brew to quench your thirst. And for those looking for something different, we also offer a variety of hard seltzer and non-alcoholic options. Feeling competitive? Challenge your friends to a game of bartop games or relive your childhood at our arcade. It’s the perfect way to take a break between quarters or halftime. At California Wild Ales, we believe in creating an experience that everyone can enjoy, which is why our new location is family-friendly. Bring the kids along and create lasting memories together while you root for your team.

20-Foot Screen

  •  Enormous 20-Foot Screen Imagine watching the game on a massive 20-foot screen. That’s right, we’ve got the big game covered, literally. You won’t miss a single play, and the atmosphere is electric.
  •  20 Beers on Tap Thirsty? We’ve got you covered with a selection of 20 beers on tap. Sip on your favorite brew while you cheer for your team and immerse yourself in the game-day spirit.
  •  Kid-Friendly Fun Don’t leave the little ones behind. Our Point Loma / Midway location is kid-friendly and offers plenty of games to keep them entertained. It’s a win-win for the whole family!
  •  Endless Entertainment Looking for a break from the game? Challenge your friends on our 4-player arcade cabinet, boasting thousands of games to choose from. Whether you’re into classic games or the latest releases, there’s something for everyone.
  •  Wide Array of Sports Our passion for sports extends beyond Thursday Night Football. On Saturdays, we’ve got you covered with college sports action, and on Sundays, it’s all about the NFL. Catch all the thrilling moments of playoff baseball right here as well.  Visit us at our Point Loma / Midway location for all your sports needs.
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May the Fourth Be With You – 2024

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Get Ready for a Galactic Gathering on May 4th!

Brace yourselves for an intergalactic extravaganza as California Wild Ales gears up to host a Star Wars-themed bash on May 4th! With an array of craft brews boasting names straight out of the saga, such as Darth Citrius and Juicy Jedi IPA, this event promises to be a celestial celebration.

Star Wars enthusiasts and beer aficionados are invited to join the fun and immerse themselves in a chill, celebratory vibe ideally suited to the essence of Ocean Beach. Prepare to journey through a galaxy of themed drinks, decor, and entertainment, including a thrilling costume contest where attendees can showcase their best Star Wars attire. Prizes and giveaways will add to the excitement, ensuring a day filled with unforgettable moments.

We will bring back some crowd favorites, including Jabba the Hop, Darth Citrius, C3-POrter, the Mangolorian, and more as part of the festivities. These beloved brews pay homage to iconic characters and moments from the Star Wars universe, adding extra excitement to the event.

We’re pumped to blend two of our passions – Star Wars and craft beer – into one epic event. Seeing our customers embrace the day, whether it’s through their costumes or their brew choices, always gets us hyped. We’re already gearing up for next year’s bash!

This year’s May 4th festivity is poised to draw fans from across San Diego. It promises to unite a diverse crowd of Star Wars devotees and beer enthusiasts under one roof. The celebration will occur at both our Ocean Beach and Midway locations, ensuring that everyone can participate in the excitement.

Take advantage of this out-of-this-world experience at California Wild Ales on May 4th. May the Force be with you!

May the Fourth Be with You

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3rd Block from the Sun - California Wild Ales - Hazy IPA

3rd Block from the Sun – New Beer Release

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New Beer Release!

Welcome to the sun-soaked shores of Ocean Beach, where the Pacific breeze meets the artistry of California Wild Ales. Nestled just on the third block from the ocean, our tasting room stands as a beacon for beer enthusiasts seeking a taste of coastal craftsmanship. In this blog post, we invite you to embark on a flavorful journey with our latest creation, the radiant “Third Block from the Sun” hazy IPA.

A Coastal Overture: Crafting a Tribute to Ocean Beach

As the sun dips below the horizon, we pay homage to the coastal splendor that surrounds our Ocean Beach tasting room. With a strategic location just on the third block from the ocean, our brewery draws inspiration from the rhythmic tides and salty air that define this laid-back community. It’s more than a setting; it’s an integral part of the brewing process.

Brewing Beyond Boundaries: The Essence of ‘Third Block from the Sun’

Enter our latest creation, “Third Block from the Sun.” This hazy IPA is a testament to the seamless fusion of innovation and tradition. Crafted with precision, this beer encapsulates the spirit of our coastal community, bringing together the dynamic flavors of Citra and Nelson hops. With an ABV of 6.7%, it’s not just a beer; it’s a cosmic journey into the heart of craft brewing.

Sip by Sip: Unveiling the Flavor Universe

As you raise your glass, be prepared for a symphony of aromas that transport you to the ocean’s edge. The vibrant grapefruit and orange zest notes from Citra hops dance alongside the subtle white wine complexities of Nelson hops, creating an otherworldly experience. The third block from the ocean is not just a location; it’s a flavor profile that invites you to explore the depths of craft beer excellence.

A Celestial Blend of Hops!

Coastal Craftsmanship: A Tasting Room Adventure

With each sip, envision the sun setting over the Pacific and the waves crashing on the shore. “Third Block from the Sun” is more than a beer; it’s a connection to the coastal lifestyle. Our Ocean Beach tasting room serves as the epicenter of this experience, where beer enthusiasts gather to savor the flavors, share stories, and bask in the laid-back vibes that define our community.

Conclusion: A Cosmic Cheers to ‘Third Block from the Sun’

In the heart of Ocean Beach, where the third block meets the ocean, California Wild Ales invites you to explore the magic of “Third Block from the Sun.” A hazy IPA that transcends the ordinary, this brew embodies the spirit of our coastal community. So, grab a pint, soak in the sunshine, and join us on a journey where each sip is a celebration of craftsmanship, community, and the coastal allure that defines California Wild Ales. Cheers to the third block from the sun!

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Holiday Ornament Making Party

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Join us December 12th

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than by creating your own personalized ornaments? Join us at California Wild Ales in Ocean Beach for a Holiday Ornament Making Party on Tuesday, December 12th, from 5 to 7 pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity, enjoy some craft beer, and craft unique ornaments that make for delightful stocking stuffers.

Crafting in Style

California Wild Ales provides the perfect backdrop for a night of crafting and camaraderie. With its laid-back atmosphere and ocean breeze, Ocean Beach sets the stage for a memorable evening of holiday cheer. Bring your friends, family, or even fly solo – everyone is welcome to join in the festive fun.

All-Inclusive Festivity

Worried about gathering supplies for your crafting adventure? Fret not! We’ve got you covered. Your $20 admission fee includes all the materials you’ll need to create two one-of-a-kind ornaments. From glitter and glue to ribbons and beads, our crafting station will be stocked with an array of festive goodies to let your imagination run wild.

Sip and Craft

As if the creative juices weren’t flowing enough, we’re sweetening the deal with a refreshing twist – each admission also includes an ice-cold beer of your choice from California Wild Ales’ diverse selection. Imagine sipping on your favorite brew while crafting away – it’s the perfect blend of relaxation and creativity.

Let’s Craft Together

Personalized Stocking Stuffers

Looking for that extra special touch this holiday season? The ornaments you craft at our party will make for the perfect personalized stocking stuffers. Whether you’re designing for friends, family, or even yourself, these handmade creations are bound to add a unique and heartfelt touch to your holiday decorations.

How to Join the Festivities

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 12th, and head over to California Wild Ales between 5 and 7 pm. Purchase your $20 admission at the door and get ready to immerse yourself in the joy of holiday crafting. Don’t forget to invite your loved ones and make it a group celebration!

Combine the joy of crafting with the warmth of holiday cheer at California Wild Ales’ Holiday Ornament Making Party. Unleash your creativity, enjoy a cold beer, and leave with handcrafted ornaments that will bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones. Let the holiday festivities begin!

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Book Your Holiday Event Here

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Point Loma Extravaganza

Nestled right off the 5 and the 8, our Point Loma location stands tall as a beacon of excitement and entertainment. Here’s why it’s the ultimate party destination:

Two Levels of Pure Fun: With two levels of party-ready space, California Wild Ales in Point Loma offers the flexibility to create the dynamic atmosphere your event deserves. Whether you’re hosting an expansive bash or a more intimate gathering, we’ve got you covered.

Craft Beer Wonderland: Immerse yourself in the world of craft beer with 18 beers on tap, including a nitro cold brew and a non-alcoholic beer. Your taste buds are in for a treat as you explore the diverse and unique flavors our brews have to offer.

Cinematic Thrills: Picture this – a 20-foot movie screen setting the stage for cinematic delights. Whether it’s a movie night or a sports event, our venue provides an epic backdrop for your entertainment.

Game On: For the gamers at heart, our arcade and bartop games guarantee hours of friendly competition and laughter. Elevate your party with the excitement of gaming, making every moment a memorable one.

Versatile Event Hosting: From holiday parties and birthday bashes to retirement celebrations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and baby showers, California Wild Ales in Point Loma is the canvas for your party masterpiece. But that’s not all – think graduation bashes, corporate gatherings, themed costume parties, beer release celebrations, fundraisers, and more!

Pre-Party Paradise: Before you head to Pechanga Arena for a concert or a San Diego Gulls game, kick off the festivities at California Wild Ales. It’s the perfect prelude to a night of entertainment, ensuring that the fun starts the moment you step through our doors.

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Ocean Beach Oasis

For those seeking a more intimate and laid-back celebration, our Ocean Beach location is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Here’s what makes it special:

16 Beers on Tap: Dive into the crafted elegance of Ocean Beach with 16 carefully selected craft beers on tap. It’s a tasting experience that’s intimate and personalized, making every sip a journey of flavor.

Non-Alcoholic Refreshment: Embrace the laid-back vibes with a refreshing selection of non-alcoholic options. From brews to blends, we’ve got the perfect sips for everyone in your intimate gathering.

Games Galore: Our Ocean Beach spot adds an extra layer of fun with bar-top games. Challenge your friends to a friendly match while enjoying the cozy ambiance of our intimate hideaway.  We have a ton of hand-made one of a kind games that are sure to capture your excitement.

Versatile Intimacy: Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an engagement celebration, or a small corporate gathering, California Wild Ales in Ocean Beach caters to your specific needs. The charm of Ocean Beach combined with the signature character of California Wild Ales promises an event that’s uniquely yours.

Seaside Serenity: Picture your celebration against the backdrop of ocean breezes and the relaxed vibes of Ocean Beach. Our intimate setting ensures that every moment is cherished and remembered.

Convenient and Cozy: Tucked away in the heart of Ocean Beach, our location provides a convenient and cozy alternative for those seeking an intimate experience. Enjoy the warmth of our inviting space without compromising on the distinctive California Wild Ales charm.

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Crooked Tree IPA – an OB Holiday Classic

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The OG Recipe is Back!

In the heart of Ocean Beach, where the salty breeze meets the sandy shores, a celebration of community spirit is brewing – quite literally. The local breweries of Ocean Beach, a vibrant coastal town in California, have come together to craft a special brew with a purpose – the Crooked Tree IPA.

This collaborative endeavor features an impressive lineup of brewing elites, including Pizza Port, OB Brewery, California Wild Ales, Kilowatt Brewing, Hodads Brewing, Thorn Street Brewing, Ketch Brewing, Chula Vista Brewing, and My Yard Live Beer Co. The result? A masterpiece born from the passion and expertise of Ocean Beach’s brewing maestros.

Headed by the skilled Matt Palmer at Pizza Port OB, the collaborative effort behind Crooked Tree IPA is a testament to the unity and camaraderie within the Ocean Beach brewing community. Bill DeWitt, owner of California Wild Ales, expresses the sentiment, saying, “We all share a love for great beer and a commitment to giving back to the community that has embraced us.”

The magic of Crooked Tree IPA lies in the meticulous crafting of the original Red IPA recipe. Each brewery brought its unique touch to the table, with Kilowatt Brewing contributing hoppy notes and OB Brewery adding innovative twists. The result is a flavor journey that mirrors the diversity of Ocean Beach’s dynamic brewing scene.

The brewing process unfolded at Pizza Port OB, nestled in the heart of Ocean Beach, providing the perfect setting for this collaborative venture. As the brewing vats bubbled with anticipation, the exchange of ideas and techniques flowed freely, accompanied by the laughter that exemplifies the close-knit community spirit of Ocean Beach. The result is a beer that not only satisfies the palate but also symbolizes the strength of community collaboration.

Crooked Tree IPA Unites Ocean Beach Breweries for a Cause

What makes Crooked Tree IPA even more special is its noble cause. The sales from this limited-edition brew will support the 44th Annual OB Holiday Parade on December 2nd, organized by the OB Town Council with this year’s theme as “Santa’s Disco Luau.”

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the delightful Crooked Tree IPA awaits you at various establishments throughout Ocean Beach. Restaurants, bars, and breweries proudly serve this limited-edition brew, inviting you to savor a taste of Ocean Beach’s brewing excellence while supporting a good cause.

So, the next time you raise a glass of Crooked Tree IPA, know that it’s more than just a beer; it’s a sip of Ocean Beach’s brewing excellence and a toast to community unity. Cheers to the brewers, the unique flavors of each local brewery, and the vibrant spirit of Ocean Beach that brings them all together! As Crooked Tree IPA turns the tides of taste, let’s collectively raise a glass to a year of community collaboration and the boundless potential for more in the years to come. Cheers!

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Rainbow Weather Hazy Double IPA in 12oz Cans

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Cans Cans Cans!!!

California Wild Ales is thrilled to unveil a new chapter in our brewing journey with the launch of Rainbow Weather Hazy Double IPA in convenient 12oz cans. Now, the vibrant spirit of California is just a can away, available exclusively at our Ocean Beach and Point Loma locations.

A Symphony of Flavors, Now in a Can

Rainbow Weather, our beloved Double Hazy IPA, has always been a captivating journey through the diverse flavors of California. Now, this experience is conveniently packaged in a 12oz can. The hazy golden hues, reminiscent of a radiant California sunset, are now portable, allowing you to take the magic of Rainbow Weather wherever your adventures may lead.

Crack open a can, and the air is filled with enticing aromas of juicy tropical fruits, much like the lively energy of the Golden State. The decision to transition this Double Hazy IPA into cans is rooted in our commitment to making exceptional brews accessible to our cherished community in a more convenient format.

Exclusivity at Its Finest: Available Only at Our Locations

These aren’t just ordinary cans – the 12oz cans of Rainbow Weather are exclusively available at our Ocean Beach and Point Loma locations. We believe in creating an intimate connection with our community, and by offering these cans solely at our establishments, we aim to enhance the experience of enjoying Rainbow Weather.

The decision to keep Rainbow Weather in-house speaks to our commitment to quality and the desire to share this brew in an environment crafted with the same care and passion that goes into brewing each batch. We want you to savor the flavors in a setting that echoes the very essence of our brewing philosophy.

Everyone Love Everyone!

Crafted with Love, Canned for Inclusivity

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Rainbow Weather not only embodies the essence of the wild California spirit but is also a tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. This beer is a celebration of love, diversity, and acceptance, a reminder that inclusivity is a value we hold dear.

So, whether you’re headed to the beach, planning a picnic, or simply relaxing at home, Rainbow Weather 12oz cans make the experience even more convenient. The portability of these cans allows you to carry the California spirit with you, creating memorable moments wherever you go.

Here’s to Love, Diversity, and Convenience

Join us in celebrating this exciting chapter in our brewing journey. Swing by our Ocean Beach or Point Loma location, grab a pack of Rainbow Weather 12oz cans, and let the adventure begin. Here’s to love, diversity, and the convenience of carrying the California spirit in your hand – cheers to Rainbow Weather in cans, and to many more years of crafting and celebrating extraordinary moments! Cheers!

California Wild Ales - More than just sour beer

Beyond Sours – A look at CWA’s Beer

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Beyond Sours

If you think California Wild Ales is only about sour beers, think again. While we’re renowned for our exceptional sour brews, our tap list extends far beyond, offering diverse flavors that cater to every beer lover’s palate. From refreshing IPAs to indulgent Adult Slushies, there’s something for everyone at our Midway and Ocean Beach locations. Join us on a journey through the rich tapestry of flavors that make California Wild Ales a destination for beer connoisseurs seeking more than just sours.

The Sour Legacy:
Let’s start with what put us on the map – our sour beers. Immerse yourself in the world of complex and tangy brews that have earned California Wild Ales its well-deserved reputation. With a range of fruit-infused sours and barrel-aged delights, there’s a sour for every taste preference. Whether you’re a seasoned sour aficionado or a newcomer to the world of tart beers, our Midway and Ocean Beach locations are the perfect places to dive into the unique California Wild Ales experience.

Beyond Sours: A Flavor Odyssey
IPAs and Hazy IPAs:
We have an impressive selection for those who crave the hoppy goodness of India Pale Ales (IPAs) or the hazy and juicy profiles of New England-style IPAs. We take pride in crafting bold and balanced IPAs that showcase the diverse range of hops, providing an experience that transcends the ordinary.

Lager and Pale Ale:
Looking for something crisp and refreshing? Our lagers and pale ales are meticulously brewed to perfection. Whether you prefer the clean, malt-forward notes of a lager or the citrusy brightness of a pale ale, California Wild Ales has options that will satisfy your taste buds.

Porter:
Indulge your senses with the rich and robust flavors of our porters. Dark and decadent, our porters offer a symphony of chocolate, coffee, and caramel notes that will warm you up on a cool evening.

Hard Seltzer:
Our hard seltzers are a delightful choice for those seeking a lighter alternative. Our hard seltzers are crisp, effervescent, and with a hint of natural fruit flavors, providing a refreshing option for those looking to keep it light.

Exploring the Diverse Craft Beer World

Adult Slushies:
Experience nostalgia with a grown-up twist – our Adult Slushies are a playful addition to our lineup. Blending the best of frozen delights with a touch of alcohol, these slushies are the perfect way to cool down while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere at California Wild Ales.

Irresistible Micheladas:

Don’t forget to try our Micheladas! Crafted with our house-made mix made, they add a zesty and savory kick to your beer experience. A perfect companion to our diverse beer selection, Micheladas at California Wild Ales are a must-try.

Visit Us:
Ready to embark on a flavor-filled journey? Visit our Midway or Ocean Beach location to explore our extensive beer menu. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff are here to guide you through the diverse world of California Wild Ales, ensuring that your experience goes beyond expectations.

At California Wild Ales, we’re more than just sour beer – we celebrate the craft brewing artistry. From sours to IPAs, lagers to porters, and everything in between, our tap list reflects our commitment to providing a diverse and enjoyable experience for all beer enthusiasts. Join us at our Midway or Ocean Beach location and discover why California Wild Ales is a destination for those who appreciate the true craftsmanship of exceptional brews. Cheers to expanding your beer horizons!

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Watch All Sports on our 20-Foot Screen

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Watch All your Sports Here

Experience Thursday Night Football at Point Loma / Midway: A Game-Day Extravaganza

Football fans, rejoice! If you’re looking for the ultimate Thursday Night Football experience, look no further than our Point Loma / Midway location. We’re bringing you an evening packed with football fever, delicious food, ice-cold brews, and endless entertainment for the whole family. But that’s not all – our sports haven offers even more excitement throughout the week:

  •  Enormous 20-Foot Screen Imagine watching the game on a massive 20-foot screen. That’s right, we’ve got the big game covered, literally. You won’t miss a single play, and the atmosphere is electric.
  •  Food Truck or Food Available Onsite No sports event is complete without some mouthwatering game-day grub. We’ve got a food truck onsite, serving up delicious bites that will keep your taste buds cheering, just like your favorite team.
  •  20 Beers on Tap Thirsty? We’ve got you covered with a selection of 20 beers on tap. Sip on your favorite brew while you cheer for your team and immerse yourself in the game-day spirit.
  •  Kid-Friendly Fun Don’t leave the little ones behind. Our Point Loma / Midway location is kid-friendly and offers plenty of games to keep them entertained. It’s a win-win for the whole family!
  •  Endless Entertainment Looking for a break from the game? Challenge your friends on our 4-player arcade cabinet, boasting thousands of games to choose from. Whether you’re into classic games or the latest releases, there’s something for everyone.
  •  Wide Array of Sports Our passion for sports extends beyond Thursday Night Football. On Saturdays, we’ve got you covered with college sports action, and on Sundays, it’s all about the NFL. Catch all the thrilling moments of playoff baseball right here as well. But that’s not all – if you’re a Gulls fan, we’ve got you covered for all the away games. No matter what your sporting preference, we have something to cater to your passion.  Visit us at our Point Loma / Midway location for all your sports needs.

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Join the Party!

There’s no better way to immerse yourself into sports than by joining fellow fans at our tasting room. Wear your team colors proudly, invite your friends, and let’s create an unforgettable atmosphere as we rally for our team. Let’s make some noise, celebrate every score, and cheer on our beloved teams!